Glastonbury Arts

Casting Bronze Sculptures

September 12, 2016glastonburyartguildGot Art, Latest NewsComments Off on Casting Bronze Sculptures

Glastonbury Arts opens the fall season of its popular Got Art series with a presentation by award winning sculptor Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh. The program, entitled “Casting Bronze Sculptures,” will be held on Thursday, September 29 from 6:30 to 8:30pm in Conference Room B (2nd Floor) at Healthtrax, 622 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury.

Josie Dellenbaugh, "Haitian Madonna", Bronze

Josie Dellenbaugh, Haitian Madonna, Bronze

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn about the process of creating bronze sculptures directly from the artist. Josie received a BA in Fine Arts from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, then began her studies of three-dimensional art in 1976 at the Johnson Atelier in Princeton, NJ. In the ensuing years, she trained in the process of bronze foundry at Rutgers College and stone carving with hand tools at the Princeton Art Association. More recently Josie attended a carving symposium in Colorado to learn techniques employed in carving with power tools. Several times a year, she travels to Rutland, Vermont to attend workshops and carve at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center quarry located there.

Josie’s work has been featured in many solo and juried exhibitions, mainly in New England and the mid-Atlantic region. One piece, a bust of a newborn child, was chosen for inclusion in an exchange exhibition in Moscow, Russia. Her impressive list of awards includes those from the CT Women Artists Association, Phillip Mill Patrons’ Award in PA, the Liskin Award, the Isenberg Award, the DeBellis and Richman Awards at the Salmagundi Club in NYC, and the Montana Memorial Award at the Hudson Valley Art Association. Most recently, Josie won awards in 2015 at juried exhibits in New Britain, Connecticut and at the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens in New Hampshire.

Josie’s work is part of many private and public collections, including Goodwin College in East Hartford, Connecticut, Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania, and St. Paul’s Church in Chatham, New Jersey. Josie and her husband split their time between homes in Glastonbury and Center Harbor, New Hampshire.

Art and Poetry

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Glastonbury Arts will host “Art and Poetry”, in the Friends Room, Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street, Glastonbury on Saturday May 21 from 1 – 3 pm. “Art and Poetry” will feature a special presentation by Glastonbury’s first Poet Laureate, Alexandrina “Sandy” Sergio

Sandy Sergio, Glastonbury Poet Laureate

Sandy Sergio, Poet Laureate

Sandy will perform eight poems during her presentation. These eight poems were the sources of inspiration for the paintings on display by eight accomplished artists from Glastonbury Arts artists. The artwork on display for this presentation will be available for viewing through Monday, May 30. The following Glastonbury Arts artists have contributed to this special presentation: Dianne Gorrick, James Grabowski, Jacqueline Jones, Ed Hicks, Barbara Rossitto, Katherine Simmons, Diane Stone, and Debbie Temple.

Sandy’s charge as Poet Laureate is to promote the appreciation of and participation in poetry and the literary arts among Glastonbury’s residents. Glastonbury Arts was eager to play a role in support of her mission. “Poetry is everywhere in Glastonbury,” said Sergio. “Part of what I’m tasked with doing as Town Poet is to seek out the poetry that exists in Glastonbury and help set it free to delight, fortify and connect us all.”

Sandy Sergio has worked as founding director of a non-profit agency, director of a philanthropic foundation, and as an English teacher, coaching prize-winning student poets. Now, in retirement, she works full-time on her poetry and has published two books, My Daughter is Drummer in the Rock ‘n Roll Band and That’s How the Light Gets In.

“Art and Poetry”, a special Got Art presentation of Glastonbury Arts, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 

Eileen Eder, The Key to Great Landscapes

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Glastonbury Arts is pleased to present painter Eileen Eder in a program entitled “Making a Plan: The Key to Great Landscape Painting.” All are welcome to attend this free event, to be held on Wednesday, May 11 from 6:30 to 8:30pm in Conference Room B, Second Floor, at Healthtrax, 622 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury.

Eileen is an award-winning artist with an impressive portfolio of landscapes and still life paintings. She is also an experienced teacher, so the evening is sure to be informative and enjoyable. As part of her presentation, Eileen will discuss the value of a notan study, emphasizing the effectiveness of “quick thumbnail sketches that are reduced to three values, which will make a noticeable difference in the attractiveness of your painting.”

Describing her work in still lifes, Eileen says that it provides “the opportunity to create a dialogue between abstraction, representation and narrative. … My creative process involves conceptualizing and choreographing a ‘stage’ of still life objects.”

When working on landscape paintings and in plein air, Eileen finds the challenge of natural light and color difficult but exciting. With her landscapes Eileen remains mindful of the elements of strong abstract composition and interesting subject matter that characterize her still life works. Eileen says that she seeks to inspire viewers with an appreciation of nature’s gifts, just as she is inspired by light and how it imbues objects in nature with endlessly variety of color and value. “My ultimate goal is to develop interesting paintings with a sense of poetry where the viewer will be enticed to enter, linger, and reflect.”

Eileen received a B.F.A. from Albertus Magnus College and an M.F.A. from New York Academy of Art. She has taught at the Yale Center for British Art, Sacred Heart University, Gateway Community College, Holderness Academy, Lyme Art Association, and numerous workshops. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout New England and New York. She has received numerous awards, and her work has been cited in many publications. Her paintings can be found in public and corporate collections including Eastern Connecticut State University, the Municipal Art Collection of the City of New Haven, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, Pfizer, Inc., Sprint Corporation and the US State Department, Washington D.C.

Eileen is a member of the Salmagundi Art Club, Oil Painters of America, Lyme Art Association (Elected Artist), New Haven Paint & Clay Club, Guilford Art Association, Madison Art Society and CT Plein Air Painters.

The Glastonbury Arts Got Art program brings award-winning artists to town and has proven to be very popular in the community. This year these demonstrations and lectures are made possible by a grant from the Norma and Natale Sestero Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Paul Batch, the Tonalist Tradition

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Glastonbury Arts invites the community to an art demonstration by artist, Paul Batch on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The program, “Painting in the Tonalist Tradition”, will be presented from 6:30-8:30 pm at Congregation Kol Haverim, Social Room, 1079 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury.

The event is free, and all artists and art devotees are welcome to attend.
“Whenever I’m painting I try to faithfully render the subject before me, while at the same time interjecting my own poetic response to what I am seeing. I am drawn to the beauty of transitional moments in time. It may be something as obvious as a beautiful sunset or as quiet as a person in thought. I find these moments of transition to be beautiful.”

Moon Glow

Paul Batch, Moon Glow, oil

Paul Batch is a realist painter with an MFA from the Hartford Art School where he previously received his BFA. Paul’s award winning paintings have been exhibited nationally and can be seen in various galleries throughout CT. Paul is a member of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and is an elected artist member to the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, and an associate member of Oil Painters of America. Winner of awards at both the regional & national levels of the Oil Painters of America. Published in North Light Books, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Artist Magazine and International Artist Magazine.

Paul Batch’s Website

Landscape Techniques that Work

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The 2016 Got Art series opens with a presentation by painter Dianne Gorrick, Thursday, March 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Kol Haverim Social Room, 1079 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury. With over 30 years of teaching experience, Dianne brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as a never-ending exuberance that will make this an enjoyable and informative program for all.

Dianne Gorrick, Cathedral Rock, mixed media

Dianne Gorrick, Cathedral Rock, mixed media

Dianne works in oils and watercolors, favoring landscapes painted in plein air. Her works depict the beauty of the natural world, her vibrant paintings enlivening pastoral scenes through the use of bright colors. In some of her works she uses the thick application of paint in an impasto technique to add a three-dimensional quality, enhancing the sense of depth in her compositions. She describes her technique as Romanticized Realism, and says she seeks to draw the viewer into the scene.

Dianne has developed her skills after many years of study and exploration. She earned a Bachelors degree from Purdue University and a Masters degree in Studio Art from Wesleyan University, and then continued her preparation in painting at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art, the Norman Rockwell Museum, and the Plein Air Painters of America. Her work has earned numerous awards and grants including two National Endowment Fellowships, a research grant concerning the Hudson River School of Painters and a fellowship to attend Dartmouth College, where she studied the art and culture of New England.

Dianne’s work has been widely exhibited in New England, in private and public collections including exhibitions at the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the New Britain Museum, the Slater Museum, and the Ward-Nasse Gallery, SoHo, NYC. Dianne is an elected artist at the Mystic Art Center and the Essex Art Association, and a member of the Ct. Plein Air Painters Society and the Lyme Art Association. She currently teaches painting at Glastonbury Arts.

Jacqueline Jones – Mixing Greens in Landscapes

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The November program of Got Art’s 2015 season features Jacqueline Jones on “Mixing Greens in Landscapes”. The program will be held on Tuesday, November 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in the Kol Haverim Social Room, 1079 Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury.

Jacqueline Jones, Spring Comes to Ferry Lane, oil.

Jacqueline Jones, Spring Comes to Ferry Lane, oil.

Jackie is a gifted oil painter whose work captures the beauty of coastal New England landscapes with a rich color palette and lively brushwork. Jackie was drawn to traditional oil paintings even as a child, and today has created an impressive body of work, mainly plein air paintings.

“My oils are done primarily on location wherever my travels take me and are an expression of mood and emotion manifested through the beauty of the landscape. A deep desire to partake in a dialogue with nature and a quest to infuse a moment of truth within the canvas is why I paint. This spontaneous process invigorates the work and is imbued with the spirit of nature created in communion with the wind and sunlight itself.”

Jackie feels a deep connection to nature and enjoys discovering new places to paint, energized by the challenge of rapidly changing light and shadow. Rushing streams, pounding surf, nesting birds, rustling grasses and coastal winds have all found vivid expression in her works.

Jacqueline Jones, Carousel, oil.

Jacqueline Jones, Carousel, oil.

Another element of Jackie’s plein air work is her collection of pochades, small works created rapidly at the scene, the technique yielding a “loose, yet intimate feel.” Describing her affection for these pieces, Jackie says “My small, pochade paint-box travels with me wherever I go, at the ready to capture fleeting moments.”

While Jackie paints primarily from direct observation and at the scene, she also develops some of her studies into larger scale pieces in her studio. Especially in the winter months, she goes to work in the studio, some times creating narrative paintings that feature figures, wildlife, still life, or a combination. “Whatever the subject matter, I’m energized by the way light reveals essence and form.”

Jackie exhibits year round and participates in numerous shows along the East Coast, her work winning many awards. Her professional memberships include Allied Artists of America, American Artist Professional League, American Society of Marine Artists, Oil Painters of America, Catharine Lorrilard Wolfe Art Club, The Connecticut Academy of the Fine Arts, Connecticut Woman Artists, The Connecticut Plein Air Painter’s Society, New Haven Paint and Clay Club, The Salmagundi Club, and associations in Essex, Lyme and Mystic, CT.

Jackie will be among the exhibitors at this year’s Holiday Art Exhibit & Sale, presented by Glastonbury Arts November 14-15, 11am – 5pm at the Glastonbury Riverfront Community Center.